Committee (5th Day)

Part of Health and Social Care Bill – in the House of Lords at 5:45 pm on 14th November 2011.

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Photo of Lord Mawhinney Lord Mawhinney Conservative 5:45 pm, 14th November 2011

My Lords, I too want to focus on line 27 of Clause 6:

"The Board is subject to the duty under section 1(1) concurrently with the Secretary of State".

This raises all the issues that we have debated at length. I know that the Minister has taken away Clauses 1, 4 and 10, but, as the noble Lord, Lord Hunt, said, it would be extremely helpful to the Committee if he agreed to take away Clause 6 as part of the package on which to consult. Otherwise, those words in the Bill continue to provide a fault line that at some point will need to be addressed. I hope that my noble friend feels that it would be more productive to address this point in the spirit of co-operation and cross-party support that he has engendered for Clauses 1, 4 and 10 and include Clause 6 as well.